When I was in high school there weren’t many professional career choices for women. So I went into nursing partly out of desire and partly out of default. Now, there are many more professional careers for women. So why would a man or woman choose to become a nurse now?
One of the great things about getting a nursing degree is that you have a good idea of what you will be doing when you get out of college. You have been through clinicals and have an awareness of the areas of nursing you enjoy the most. Therefore you already have a good indication as to where you will seek employment.
I attended college with students who were getting a liberal arts degree in art history or English literature. They had no idea how they were going to apply this to a job when they graduated. Not so, with a nursing degree.
Nursing provides a great deal of job security. If you apply yourself and your nursing skills to become a great nurse, you and your skills will always be in demand.
Once you have a basic nursing education, pass your state board, and have a few years of experience there are wonderful opportunities to different career paths. You might even decide to become a nurse entrepreneur. One of the exciting things about nurse entrepreneurship is that you can even start and run a business from home such as nurse case management, legal nurse consultant, life care planner, writer, and many more). Nursing may be one profession, but there are many paths, opportunities, and possibilities.
Some people are drawn to the profession because of the flexibility. There is flexibility in geography, specialty, and hours. Nurses can live in large metropolitan areas or small rural areas. Some nurses like traveling opportunities and enjoy traveling around the United States or even overseas. Nurses can also work full time or part time which suits many nurses especially those moving closer to retirement. Having a part time income without having to work long hours can be very attractive.
Nursing is a field of continued learning and no day is ever boring. Nursing is centered on serving people. People and their illnesses are always changing, which means that a nurse’s day is also always changing. Some specialty areas are more exciting than others such as Emergency Room Nursing, but all areas of nursing seem to offer their own brand of excitement and stimulation. All nurses need to be ready to think on their feet and problem solve. This is a big part of the individualism that we bring to nursing.
Career mobility is present in nursing since there are such a wide variety of settings in which you can work. You can move into middle management, become a nurse entrepreneur, or even seek an advanced degree. Master level nurses are needed as teachers, researchers, nurse practitioners, or other advanced placement opportunities.
While there may be better paying career options don’t overlook the possibility of becoming a nurse. Nursing has rewards that can’t be measured in dollars and cents. It is a gratifying, rewarding career.
Even though as I said I went into nursing partly out of desire and partly out of default, I am thrilled to call myself a nurse and to be part of this noble profession.